I must confess I thought I knew all that The Forum had to offer – I’ve visited the Cinema often and been tempted by a round of 10-pin-bowling a time or two. The Lodge Restaurant looks pretty tempting as well. But it was only after meeting John and Danny, the managers of the complex that I really took in all that this amazing venue has to offer.
A family could quite easily spend a whole day here – its the perfect all-weather, all-age entertainment venue.
Let’s start with the Cinema, there’s three screens – it’s the only multi-screen cinema on the coast! Showing between three and six films at any one time – with a new programme released every Thursday. Not only that, recent investment means that you can soon sit back in luxury armchair recliners and listen to the latest Dolby Digital sound system. I know many of us have got used to Netflix at home, but there really is something special about sharing a cinema experience on the big screen with a bunch of other people – the jokes somehow seem funnier and the jumps, somehow jumpier. If you haven’t done it for a while – remind yourself what a great experience it is.
Then there’s the 10-pin-bowling – this too has seen massive investment with brand new full sized lanes. This is a classic all-age experience – when kids can often beat the adults and things can get really competitive. It’s an easy and relatively low-cost way to spend an hour or two on a wet Wednesday afternoon.
There are snacks available around the bowling and cinema areas but why not treat yourself to lunch or dinner in the Lodge Restaurant. This is a really attractive modern bar with fantastic views across the bay. The menu offers classic favourites, burgers, pizza and platters with a simple kids menu – AND if you’re under 130cm (that’s 4ft 4″ to old people like me) then you eat FREE!
And then we come to the nightlife. I have always loved a good dance and I always preferred a nightclub with a decent dance floor and good bouncers keeping an eye on things. The Forum’s Lodge is one of the biggest venues in Bridlington – not only is it ideal for a party, with VIP experiences on offer it also hosts live music gigs – recently playing host to Tinchy Stryder (this is a big deal according to my son!). Personally, I’m probably more attracted to the idea of the rooftop cocktail bar these days; with their qualified professional mixologists, a quality experience is guaranteed.
The final thing to mention, and probably the most important thing, is the staff. John and Danny explained how they feel like a family, customer service is absolutely the most essential criterion for them. I really sensed this from the minute I walked in – with the door being held open for me by a friendly member of staff (there was a delivery about to arrive – but still!). Their customers’ safety and experience is paramount – they know that’s how to maintain and grow the business.
The fact is there is something for all ages – all under one roof. It’s not overpriced – from the cinema, the bowling, the food and the drinks. It’s clean and well maintained with friendly staff. What more can you ask?